A loan of $900 helped to buy plastic bags, ice cream and supplies.

Bella Virginia's story

The Communal Bank Jaime Roldos meets every fortnight in Jaramijo Canton (Manta). This area is known for the beautiful beaches that surround its coasts. The majority of the residents are very hard working and much of their work is related to the sea.

It is here that we meet Señora Bella. She is 52 years old, married and she has 6 grown-up children. Some of them are engaged but still living at home. One of her children suffers from diabetes, as does her husband who no longer works for this reason.

To earn a living and get her family ahead in life she sells bags of ice and ice cream that she sometimes makes herself or else buys at a local factory. She’s had this small, home-based business for several years now and she’s used it to help get ahead. For the past three months she has also been making lunches, but only at the weekend. This business is going very well for her and she is making good profits.

This loan is for buying plastic bags, ice cream and supplies for preparing her food. She is the founding member of the Communal Bank and she likes it because the loans are a great source of help.

She is taking another loan with the bank as with her previous one she managed to buy the necessary things to start her food business, which is delivering good profits and improving her life.

Her dream is to get ahead in her business and daily life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam O'Brien

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